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Working to promote ambitious policymaking

Promoting ambitious policymaking is an important part of Energy Saving Trust’s mission.

We work to influence UK governments to develop a positive and effective policy framework for sustainable energy. This involves directly working with civil servants and collaborating with other stakeholder agencies.

Our policy work is informed by our contact with households, businesses and public administrations, and from our cross-UK and international insight.

Recent policy updates

Policy briefing: the use of loans to encourage action to reduce emissions in homes and businesses

This briefing summarises the loan schemes currently available in Scotland for owner occupiers, private landlords and small and medium sized businesses (SMEs).

Policy briefing: accelerating retrofit through advice and information

In November 2023, Energy Saving Trust convened a group of retrofit policy experts. The aim was to consider how effective provision of…

National or local retrofit advice? To cut bills, carbon and improve energy security, we need both

This paper sets out why retrofit advice must be delivered at both a local and national level.

Our response to the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero’s call for evidence: Towards a more innovative energy retail market

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero’s call for evidence asked respondents for their views on barriers to innovation in the energy retail market.

Our response to the Treasury’s consultation on VAT relief for energy saving materials

The UK Treasury recently consulted on plans to cut VAT on certain energy-related products to support the transition to net zero.

Our response to the Northern Ireland Department for the Economy consultation on policy options for an energy One Stop Shop implementation plan

The Department for the Economy’s Energy Strategy call for evidence and subsequent Energy Strategy Consultation asked respondents for their views and evidence…

Our response to the Department for Economy consultation on heat networks in Northern Ireland

The Department for the Economy sought views on proposals to introduce new legislation that will provide greater consumer protections for people connected…

Our response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Scotland’s National Energy Agency

The purpose of this call for evidence was to inform the development of a broader evidence base to inform the design of…

Our response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Low Income Winter Heating Assistance

This consultation detailed the Scottish Government’s proposals to introduce a new Scottish benefit, Low Income Winter Heating Assistance, to replace the current…

Latest news

Go to news

Our response to the July 2024 energy price cap changes

17 May 2024

Our response to the July 2024 energy price cap announcement, with commentary from Energy Saving Trust chief executive Mike Thornton.

Our response to the watering down of net zero targets

21 September 2023

We were disappointed to hear of the UK government’s decision to delay key green targets. Our head of policy, Stew Horne, reacts…

UK Government must help shield households from impacts of rising energy costs

26 August 2022

Today’s news of a further increase to the price cap on energy bills will be very concerning for people across Great Britain.

Our response to the BEIS Committee’s energy pricing and the future of the energy market report

26 July 2022

The report urges the UK Government to update its support package to help the most vulnerable households with soaring energy bills.

Last updated: 10 July 2024